Daniel Lyons

Is This Really the Next Apple iPhone?

In the world of tech-gadget journalism, this score represents the Holy Grail—a next-generation Apple iPhone discovered in a bar, presumably left there by a careless employee. The photos of the phone are splattered all over the home page of tech-gadget blog Gizmodo today. If they're real, the folks at Apple, a place known for its crazy secrecy and security measures, must be freaking out.

How Important Are Apple's Updates to the iPhone and iPad? Very.

Maybe you thought it was nuts the way some folks in the media—myself included—went nuts over Apple's iPad. But guess what? Today Apple announced a new version of the operating-system software that runs on the iPad and the iPhone. To any sane person this was not a life-changing event. For one thing, the operating system is pretty geeky stuff. For another, this operating system won't even arrive until this summer.

Dialing Into the Future, From My Wrist

  Cell phones keep getting smaller and smaller—and now they're starting to disappear altogether, as the workings of a mobile phone can be contained in the guts of a wristwatch.

How Google and Facebook Violate Your Privacy

Google recently introduced a new service that adds social-networking features to its popular Gmail system. The service is called Buzz, and within hours of its release, people were howling about privacy issues—because, in its original form, Buzz showed everyone the list of people you e-mail most frequently.

Google Buzz? More Like Buzz Kill

R. Galbraith / Reuters-LandovGoogle co-founder Sergey Brin at the unveiling of Google BuzzGod bless those hard-working techies in Silicon Valley for inventing this constant stream of things that serve mostly to make me feel guilty because I don't want to use them even though everyone else says they're the greatest thing ever.

Buh-Bye, Wireless Guys

I like to imagine that it happened this way: One day the computer guys in Silicon Valley looked over at the mobile-phone industry and realized those carriers have figured out the ultimate racket.

Taking Down China's "Great Firewall"

To many in Silicon Valley, the world is divided into two kinds of people: those who "get it," and those who don't. The people who get it are the ones who understand that the Internet is the biggest thing that has ever happened in the history of the human race, a wave so huge and so powerful that the only way to cope with it is to jump on and hope to make money building a new world once the tsunami has laid waste to the old one.Those who don't get it are the ones who try to fight the Internet...

The Apple Tablet: Can You Live Without It?

Everybody's talking about the new tablet computer Apple is expected to unveil this month. Some say it will save newspapers by giving them a new platform where they can charge for subscriptions.

Google Tries to Create the Appearance That It Cares About Newspapers

At this point I can't figure out if Google is (a) just trying to do something, anything, to deflect all the criticism it's getting about being responsible for the death of newspapers; or (b) actually playing a sadistic practical joke on newspapers, dreaming up ever more ridiculous ideas just to see if the newspaper guys will keep jumping through the hoops.

Stuff I Love: The BookArc

   I have way too many computers—it's a sickness—but the one I use most is my 15-inch MacBook Pro. No, it's not some wafer-thin little lightweight machine.

Could This Lump Power the Planet?

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Lab are betting $3.5 billion in taxpayer money on a tiny pellet that could produce an endless supply of safe, clean energy. For some, that's hard to swallow.